Apollo Bay, Victoria
My first experience with martial arts was in high school when we did an introduction to Judo for school sport. While I enjoyed that experience it was not something that I continued, I guess the time was not right. It was however more appropriate when I begun studying at Macquarie Uni and decided to take on Tae Kwon Do in 1991. At that stage I was hooked and I remember thinking there was so much to learn, and looking up to people who acted like black belts both on, and off the floor.
Originally I joined the AFTA and reached 2nd grade. Due to life circumstances I had a break in my training, and took it up again in 2010. At that stage I looked up my old colleague Ron from AFTA days, and that is when I joined the IMT.
For me, particularly in my early days martial arts training gave me confidence in knowing that if I was ever in a bad situation I would have a better chance of defending myself. However, as my training developed it becomes increasingly spiritual. For example, over the past 5 years I have been training myself to let go of the ego, and tune into peoples humanity. It is all a personal journey, different for everyone, and I still have a lot to learn.
What drives me now is how much more I can learn from inside myself. How can the history of martial arts bring that out in me? What can I learn from the thousands of years, and millions of practitioners that have come before me? How can I learn from my quiet time, or from an eight year old in our class, or from the bird flying over my head?